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Should I remove BringStar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
82% remove it18% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #31,954
Reach 0.0042%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 5.01 days
147.77 days >
Average installed length: 77.64 days


2014.04.03.200504 2.44%
2014.03.28.220540 1.22%
2014.03.24.204814 2.44%
2014.03.20.232735 2.44%
2014.03.18.224059 3.66%
2014.03.17.203654 2.44%
2014.03.14.002413 2.44%
2014.03.12.182056 2.44%
2014.03.07.183923 3.66%
2014.03.05.221816 1.22%
2014.02.28.212019 1.22%
2014.02.26.051729 12.20%
2014.02.24.173556 2.44%
2014.02.21.042329 4.88%
2014.02.20.230527 3.66%
2014.02.18.181234 2.44%
2014.02.18.174317 1.22%
2014.02.14.172742 7.32%
2014.02.13.173549 2.44%
2014.02.13.012613 3.66%
2014.02.11.223523 1.22%
2014.02.11.190644 1.22%
2014.02.10.203416 2.44%
2014.02.06.020205 17.07%
2014.02.05.223751 1.22%
2014.02.05.153917 2.44%
2014.02.01.021226 3.66%
2014.01.29.231259 1.22%
2014.01.25.024532 1.22%
2014.01.22.184246 2.44%


What is BringStar?

This adware program injects advertisements with its affiliate ad providers in order to serve a number of ad types including banner, inline text links and popups. These ads are aimed to promote the installation of additional questionable content including web browser toolbars, optimization utilities and other products, all so the publisher can generate pay-per-click revenue.

Once infected by this common symptoms include:
- Random web page text is turned into hyperlinks.
- Ads with red click here button will pop up when those links are hovered on.
- Other unwanted adware programs might get installed without the user's knowledge.
- Browser popups appear which recommend fake updates or other software.
- Web pages become extremely slow to download due to the multiple ads.

About  (from Yontoo Technology)

Get Results That Shine with BringStar.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Injects advertisements unassociated with the underlying web page
  • This program has a poor reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in BringStar.
BringStarBHO.dll (00febe54629b4f21e336ee453332c762) has been flagged by the following 24 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 Riskware.Agent
Avira AntiVir APPL/BrowseFox.Gen2
Antiy-AVL GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus]/Win32.Agent
AVG 2015.0.3496 MalSign.Brista
CAT-QuickHeal AdWare.Agent.r5 (Not a Virus)
Comodo Security 18124 Application.Win32.Altbrowse.AK
Dr.Web Trojan.BPlug.17
ESET-NOD32 8.9693 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.F
Fortinet FortiGate 4/23/2014 Adware/Agent
G Data 14.4.24 Win32.Application.BrowseFox
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent
K7 AntiVirus 13.176.11806 Unwanted-Program
K7GW 13.176.11806 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.Agent.ah.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes v2014.04.23.03 PUP.Optional.BringStar.A
McAfee 5600.7152 Artemis!00FEBE54629B
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7152 Artemis!00FEBE54629B
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.Agent.crkvek
Sophos 4.98 Generic PUA MK
SUPERAntiSpyware 10649 Adware.BrowseFox/Variant
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.113 TROJ_GEN.F47V0317
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Agent
VIPRE Antivirus 28348 Yontoo (fs)
updateBringStar.exe (45da112aab1c816105cb26c1cdb0307d) has been flagged by the following 16 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost PUA.Kranet!
Antiy-AVL GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus,HEUR]/MSIL.Kranet
AVG Brista.8D9
Avira APPL/BrowseFox.Gen
AVware Yontoo (fs)
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.BrowseFox.bH
ESET-NOD32 10370 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.H
IKARUS anti.virus T3. PUA.BrowseFox
Kaspersky not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.MSIL.Kranet.heur
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.BringStar.A
McAfee Artemis!45DA112AAB1C
McAfee-GW-Edition v2014.2 BehavesLike.Win32.Dropper.fh
nProtect 2014-09-05.01 Trojan-Clicker/W32.Agent.323360.D
Qihoo-360 Win32/Virus.Adware.e4c
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA LD
VIPRE Antivirus 32824 Yontoo (fs)
       View all 40 all detections
BringStar has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: BringStar
URL: bringstar.net/support
Help link: mailto:[email protected]
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\BringStar
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\BringStar\BringStaruninstall.exe
Estimated size: 3.05 MB

Program filesFiles installed by BringStar

Program executable:BringStar.FirstRun.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\BringStar\BringStar.FirstRun.exe
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) BringStarBHO.dll - BringStar
  • 7za.exe (by Igor Pavlov) - 7-Zip (7-Zip Standalone Console)
  • BringStarUninstall.exe
  • (Malware detected) updateBringStar.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • BringStarBHO.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'BringStar' with the class of {6f0d3dec-9246-4b6f-a5e3-c1c169493eef}.
  • updateBringStar.exe runs as a service named 'Update BringStar' (Update BringStar).

How do I remove BringStar?

You can uninstall BringStar from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program BringStar, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove BringStar.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by BringStar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 46%
Win XP 1%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 82%
Keep it 18%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.22%
Windows 10 35.37%
Windows XP 7.32%
Windows Vista 6.10%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 19.75%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.11%
Windows 8.1 Pro 11.11%
Windows 7 Professional 9.88%
Windows 8 8.64%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.41%

Distribution by countryGeography

24.10% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 24.10%
  Italy 15.66%
  Brazil 13.25%
  France 10.84%
  Turkey 6.02%
  Czech Republic 4.82%
  Saudi Arabia 4.82%
  Netherlands 4.82%
  Canada 3.61%
  Russia 3.61%
  United Kingdom 2.41%
  Mexico 2.41%
  Germany 1.20%
  Egypt 1.20%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.79%
Acer 19.15%
ASUS 14.89%
Lenovo 8.51%
Dell 8.51%
MSI 4.26%
Samsung 4.26%
Sony 4.26%
Toshiba 2.13%
Common models
LENOVO 20236 2.82%
Sony VPCEF3E1E 1.41%
Samsung 270E5G/270E5U 1.41%
MEDIONPC MS-7222 1.41%
LG Electronics A530-U.BE5... 1.41%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 1.41%

About Yontoo Technology

Yontoo, a subsidiary/alias of ad-hijacker Sambreel, is a publisher of ad-supported web browser extensions designed to inject and display advertisements within the browser.
Publisher URL: www.yontoo.com


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